Sunday, January 31, 2010

Breitbart A Hypocrite, O'Keefe A Big Government Lackey

I came across an interesting argument made at The BRAD BLOG. In it, Brad Friedman asks the question that "if ACORN itself is 'guilty' for something or other, based on what some of their employees did, what does that make rightwing faux 'journalist' and Matt Drudge poodle Andrew Breitbart, who has now admitted that accused felon James O'Keefe worked for him?"

It seems Andrew Breitbart understands the correlation, although unwilling to admit, because recently he has been distancing himself from his one-time protege. When interviewed by Hugh Hewitt over at, Breitbart was asked about his relationship with James O'Keefe. Breitbart was quick to make the distinction that he has "nothing to do with what James O’Keefe does" and that "James O’Keefe is an independent filmmaker," yet according to O'Keefe's profile at Big Government, it states the following:
James began his career as a journalist as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Centurion at Rutgers University. He has helped start over a dozen campus newspapers nationwide. His past projects include an investigation of Planned Parenthood, where his reporting exposed the organization's willingness to ignore apparent instances of statutory rape and eugenics-based racism. He is currently working at and blogs at
So is James O'Keefe an independent filmmaker, or another Breitbart lackey? When asked a simple yes-or-no question as to whether O'Keefe is an "employee," Breitbart could only respond with some strange generalities saying "I'm not sure that's technically the thing, but yes, he's paid for his life rights."

Freidman points out one other question from the interview. When Hewitt presses about the differentiation between employer and employee, and liability, he makes the statement that "lots of people work for lots of corporations, and do dumb and sometimes illegal things that are not within the scope of their employment. And this was not within the scope of his employment." Breitbart's response: "Yes, absolutely. That is absolutely the case."

While you can definitely see the hypocrisy between Breitbart's view of his relationship with O'Keefe and ACORN with it's employees, I would question to the validity of his statement that O'Keefe acted outside the scope of his employment, especially when he began his tenure with Big Government promoting a secretly videotaped interaction with ACORN employees, which may have violated state laws. Apparently it was within his scope as a Big Government employee then but not now.

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